I recently told someone that if people were more open and honest about their respective realities, whether it be their race, gender, sexual orientation, or just daily life struggles, and in turn others were more willing to listen, it might generate more understanding and support from the community overall.
Yes, it’s true that the population on the Cape virtually triples in the summer season. This means increased traffic on our roads and in our businesses.
But for many of the year round businesses the golden glow of the sun in July and August does not necessarily mean there is gold in our coffers in perpetuity. There are some exceptions to this “rule,” of course, but as our summer season grows shorter every year and the national economy becomes increasingly homogenized on an uneven playing field, it becomes tougher and tougher for local businesses to thrive.
For sure, there are so many positives to owning your own business – one of the greatest being the inherent connection to the community – but one area depending on a short season and its good weather to bring wealth to the region is not sustainable.
Imagine, just for a second, what the Cape would look like in the summer, the shoulder seasons and even the winter if all of the small, locally owned businesses were to close up shop? And keep that image in mind when you are choosing where to spend your money.
I have said this before and you can be sure I’ll say it again, this region can thrive – not just in the warmer seasons – if residents, second home owners and visitors all made a conscious decision to think local first when making any purchasing decisions.